Graduate Studies

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies offers graduate programs leading to the MEng, MASc, and, PhD degrees. The MASc program is research oriented and includes a major thesis, whereas the MEng program is oriented towards professional engineering practice and consists primarily of course work. Advanced graduate research may be undertaken at the PhD level. The requirement for PhD studies is a research oriented master’s degree; the MEng degree does not include thesis work and is not considered to be appropriate preparation for a PhD degree.

The information provided here supplements the SGS General and Degree Regulations. Many important departmental regulations are not mentioned, but are available in the Supplemental Regulations and at the UTIAS Graduate Office.

All graduate students are advised to become familiar with the University’s Code of Conduct on Academic Matters, Research Ethics Policies, and any other relevant guidelines. Materials can be found at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s site, and the School of Graduate Study’s Policies and Guidelines site

MASTER OF ENGINEERING

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the MEng degree under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The program may be pursued on a Full-Time (one year), Extended Full-Time (two years) or Part-Time (three years) basis.

Candidates for the MEng degree shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science of this University or an equivalent degree from a four-year engineering undergraduate program.

Under the guidance of the graduate coordinator, a candidate selects a program of study that consists of ten courses. Individual programs will be arranged to make up for background deficiency. Students electing to pursue the ELITE certificate, may take one additional course for a total of eleven. At least half of the total courses must be taught by UTIAS, either AER or ROB courses. A minimum of seven courses must be technical in nature. No more than three courses may be 500-level.

MASTER OF APPLIED SCIENCE

The Institute for Aerospace Studies accepts candidates for the degree of MASc under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates for the MASc shall have completed a four-year undergraduate program in engineering, mathematics, physics or chemistry. Individual programs will be arranged to make up any background deficiency.

A program of study will consist of a minimum of five courses, one of which must be the “Research Seminar in Aerospace Science and Engineering” (AER 1800H), and a thesis based on research or development selected in consultation with the student’s supervisor. All of the required courses must be completed during the first year of the program. It is anticipated that MASc students will complete their degree requirements in twenty months. Research performance of MASc students is assessed by a Research Assessment Committee (RAC) which includes the student’s supervisor.

See below for information on the direct transfer option from MASc to PhD

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The Institute for Aerospace Studies accepts candidates for the degree of PhD under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates for PhD studies must have an MASc or equivalent degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or chemistry and must have demonstrated ability to perform advanced research. The MEng, which consists primarily of course work, is not considered to be appropriate preparation for the PhD program. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue PhD studies at UTIAS will initially be admitted into the MASc program and will be considered for direct transfer into the PhD program.

Students with excellent performance in the MASc program at UTIAS may be allowed to transfer directly into a PhD program, under the same supervisor, at the end of their first year of graduate study. Approval for transfer will be based on the student’s research ability, research progress during the first year and academic standing. In what follows, students transferring from an MASc to a PhD program shall be referred to as “Direct Transfer” students.

PhD students must be registered continuously for every term, including summer, on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed. PhD students starting with an MASc degree must spend a minimum of two years at UTIAS. “Direct Transfer” students must be at UTIAS for a minimum of three years from the date of registration in the MASc program.

Following acceptance into a PhD program, the candidate shall undertake a program of study under the guidance of a Doctoral Examination Committee (DEC) which includes the candidate’s supervisor. A PhD student’s program of study includes course work and a thesis which must be based on research conducted while registered for the PhD program. PhD students starting with an MASc degree require four courses. “Direct Transfer” students need two courses in addition to the five completed prior to the MASc-PhD transfer, for a total of seven courses. All courses must be completed during the first two years in the PhD program.

It is anticipated that a student with a Master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to the field of PhD study will complete the PhD program within four years. The anticipated period for “Direct Transfer” students is four years after the date of transfer.

Prior to convocation, PhD candidates must prepare at least one formal manuscript, based on the thesis, for publication in a refereed journal or refereed conference proceeding.